SPOKANE -- The Gonzaga women's basketball team officially started practice on Thursday inside McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Bulldogs have some time before they play their first game. GU hosts Corban University in an exhibition on November 5th, and then open the regular season on November 11th at home against Hofstra.
Gonzaga is coming off its first-ever trip to the Elite Eight. Their season came to an end in a 83-60 loss to Stanford at Veterans Memorial Arena. The Zags get a chance at revenge on November 13th when they travel to Palo Alto to play the Cardinal.
The Zags lost superstar Courtney Vandersloot, but they return several key players. The top returners are forwards Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish. The two combined for nearly 34 points and 15 rebounds per game last season.
There's a heavy Inland Northwest influence on this year's roster. On top of Redmon (Lewis & Clark), Jazmine Redmon (Mead), Shelby Cheslek (Pullman), Shanique Nilles (West Valley), and Molly Anderson (Gonzaga Prep) are all from the area.
Gonzaga also received news that Kansas State transfer Taelor Carr was granted a waiver by the NCAA to play this season. That means she doesn't have to redshirt as the rules usually command.